Monday, June 22, 2009

Happy Father's Day!

I know this is a little late, I've been a bad blogger as of late, I guess that's what having a 2 year old and a new born will do to you...

I just wanted to give a quick Father's Day shout out to 3 of my favorite Daddies!!

First of all, to my husband Galen. You are the most wonderful dad to our kids, and the best husband in the world. You are so patient and kind to the kids, never getting frustrated (like I do)... and always willing to help me out with whatever needs to be done. You have no idea how much I appreciate all you do for us, I am such a lucky wife, and our kids are so fortunate to have you as their Dad...Thank you for keeping me sane, you have blessed my life in so many ways, you are my rock, and I do not know what we'd do without you. You are the BEST! THANK YOU! I love you.
Duncan is the best Father-in-Law a girl could ask for. I've known him since I was a kid...seriously, elementary school to be exact...and he's always made me feel like I was part of the family. I have so much fun with Duncan, and he treats me like I was his own daughter, we even argue like family...that's when you know you really love each other! I have been so fortunate to have in-laws that I truly LOVE and so easy to get along with. Duncan is the best, and I love him dearly.
And last but not least, to my Dad, Bruce...what can I say, I've been a "Daddy's Girl" all of my life. My Dad has been the most amazing father. I can honestly say I have never met anyone as successful and driven as my Dad. He's worked so hard for our family, and I'm so happy to know that he's taught me the meaning of success, but more importantly, the meaning of family and happiness... We're so lucky to live so close to him...we usually see him every couple of days, and the Ava adores him (Miles will too, he just doesn't know it yet!) Thanks Dad for all you've done for me, as well as for Galen and the kids. We're so lucky...thank you! I love you!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

2 Months!

I cannot believe that Miles is already 2 months (and 4 days) old already!!!
Time has flown by so seems like just yesterday when I was so over being pregnant and complaining about how much pain I was in!
He's really such a good baby, hardly ever cries and just hangs out and watches the world. He's smiling a bunch and just beginning to laugh, it's so cute.
Unfortunately, my little angel has decided that getting 6 straight hours of sleep like he used to is not in the cards...he's waking up after 4 hours and then again after 2 hours...still not bad, but I was really enjoying 6 straight, oh well!
I took Miles to his 8 week check up last week. He's doing great.
10 lbs 12 oz (25%)
23 " high (50%)
and his head measured 41...(70%) basically, I have a little guy with a huge head! Ha!

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Thank You!

Just wanted to say a huge THANK YOU to everyone for the positive feedback to the post about my mom. I have the most wonderful support system, you guys are awesome. My family, especially my mom, really appreciates all the well wishes some of you have left for her on her Caring Bridge site. It's amazing to see how many friends truly care about us, we are so lucky!

I spoke with my mom this morning and she sounds great. Since the transplant a couple of days ago, she's been doing exceptionally well. As of this morning though, she's been feeling a little "off" I think the sickness is starting to kick in sucks that she will be feeling ill for the next few months, but I guess it's a good sign that things are happening in there.
Again, thank you to everyone for all of your positive thoughts!!

On another note, I wanted to give a quick re-cap of our whirlwind weekend in Seattle. We went up for my father-in-law Duncan's big 60th birthday bash. We had a blast, and hopefully he did as well. Happy Birthday to Duncan! I'm so lucky to have such a wonderful father-in-law. I love you so much and am so happy to be your (favorite) daughter in law ...hehe. We had such a fun weekend seeing friends and family.

While we were up in Seattle, my very talented best friend Erin Coffey came over to take some photos of the kids, a total of about 300 pictures!! The pics turned out so well! She's got such a gift, and I'm so proud of her for making her dream into reality! Check out her new photography blog, Head Over Heels Photography to see more pics of Ava and Miles and to get her info if you'd like to hire her!! I feel so honored to be your first blog entry... Thanks again Coffey!

Tuesday, June 9, 2009


As some of you know, my mom has had cancer for many years now, 12 years to be exact. I can't believe it's been that long, and neither can many of her doctors. Mom should actually be a poster child for surviving Multiple Myeloma.

I have never really been one to open up about any of this, as I hate for people to feel sorry for her, or for me...and to tell you the truth, don't really think about my mom as a cancer patient because she has always had the best attitude about it, and has pretty much seemed healthy to us for the most part.

It's hard for me to write about this now, but think I need to say something as my mom has been up in Seattle for the past month now preparing for a stem-cell transplant she's getting today as I write this.
I thought about writing my mom a private letter, but think it would really do everyone some good to hear what I have to say, cause I think anyone who has or knows someone with cancer should take strength from my mom...she's here goes...


I just want you to know that you are my Hero. You're the kindest most caring person I have ever known, and have always been there for me no matter what is going on in your own life. My kids are so lucky to have you as their "Babby" and love you so much. We're so lucky to have you live so close and have your unwavering support.

The strength you've shown Kylie and I over the past 12 years has been such an incredible example to me. You've been through so much, from all the chemo and hair loss to the radiation to the steroids and the surgeries...and you've done it all with such grace, and without so much as a complaint.
Your will power and determination to get through each tough turn has been amazing. I truly don't know how you do it. I know it's not only hard on your body, but on your mind...and you've never once given up or shown a lack of will. You've always believed the next best treatment is just around the corner, and you've been right each time. You're not scared of anything...and you've proved to me that hard work and determination really do make a difference.

I will never fully understand why this happened to you. You don't deserve any of this, you've always been healthy and have done the right things...but thinking back on it all now, maybe it's because you've been able to not only survive, but to live a pretty much normal life with cancer...maybe you got this terrible disease because you are able to live with it, and be an inspiration to so many others, and you ARE an inspiration.

Everyone I talk to about your situation cannot believe it. You look so healthy and act so strong, it's hard for most people to believe you're even sick. That's what I love so much about you Mom. You've never let this disease define who you are. And I think that's the lesson everyone needs to take out of this.

I'm so proud of you. I'm so honored to be your daughter. I know you're going to kick ass getting through this treatment, just as you have for the past 12 years. I'm not worried about this treatment working, cause I know it will. I just hate that you have to go through with this and feel sick all over again. I hate that you won't be able to see the kids for a month...and I know you're frustrated with it too. Just know that you have a LOT of people thinking about you. I can't wait till you come back down to Bend. I miss you so much.

Good luck with the transplant today. I know you're in good hands. I love you and take refuge in your strength. Thank you for showing all of us such grace and determination. You are my Hero.


If anyone wants to follow how my mom is doing with her treatment, or send her your well wishes, you can do so at:

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Summer Has Begun!

I always feel like summer has officially begun when we go to our cabin on Detroit Lake. Last weekend I took the kids (while Galen stayed home to finish up our back fence and play with the boys) to the cabin for our first summer weekend this year. It's only an hour and a half drive from my house, and we pretty much spend every weekend we aren't busy on the lake during the summer.
We spent this past weekend there with my sister Kylie her hubby Ole and their kids Jadyn and Jake. The weather was BEAUTIFUL and we had a blast just hanging out in the sun and getting tan. The kids always have so much fun there, they are going to have so many memories from Detroit, we're so lucky to have such a wonderful place to escape to!
Oh, and on another note, I don't think I've mentioned this...but my sister is expecting another BABY!! Yay! She's due in December. I'm so excited to find out the sex, and can't believe she's going to have 3 kids! yikes.
Me and my Little Man in the shade

Ole and Kylie. She's 13 weeks preggers with baby #3 and looks incredible!

Miles spent a lot of time just chillin in his swing on the deck

Ava and JJ in their pool. They LOVED it!

The big kids on a boat ride with Ole